The role of Cosc

Cosc – The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence endeavours to ensure the delivery of a well co-ordinated ‘whole of Government’ response to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.  The work of Cosc covers issues relating to domestic and sexual violence against women and men, including older people in the community.

Cosc’s role covers co-ordination across the justice, health, housing, education, family support and community sectors. This work includes close interaction with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) supported by Government funds.

Cosc developed the first National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence 2010-2014 which was published in 2010.  Cosc is currently working on the new National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence which is expected to be published by mid 2015.


Further information

For information visit the Cosc website where you will also find more information on the work of Cosc and services for people affected by these forms of violence.
Cosc is an executive office of the Department of Justice and Equality, established in 2007.  Cosc is an Irish word and means "to stop" or "to prevent", and comes from the Irish name of the office.


Contact Details

Address:      Department of Justice and Equality
  2nd Floor
  Montague Court
  Montague Street
  Dublin 2
Phone:  + 353 1 476-8680
Fax:  + 353 1 476-8619